Central Magnet School Mission Statement The Mission of Central Magnet School is to challenge each student, teacher and parent with the high expectations of a challenging curriculum; To provide students with a rigorous educational program in a collaborative setting, with emphasis on mastery of academics, critical thinking, effective communication skills, and character development.
Where Excellence is a Way of Life
2012-2013 Dr. John E. Ash, Principal 701 East Main Street Murfreesboro, TN 37130 615.904.6789
Table of Contents Graduation Requirements.................................................................. 3 Biomedical Science ........................................................................... 5 Business Technology ........................................................................ 7 Computer Technology ...................................................................... 8 Driverâ€™s Education.............................................................................. 9 Engineering ..................................................................................... 10 English â€“ Language Arts.................................................................. 11 Health/Physical Education ............................................................... 15 Instrumental Music........................................................................... 16 Mathematics .................................................................................... 19 Science............................................................................................ 22 Social Studies.................................................................................. 25 Theatre Arts..................................................................................... 29 Visual Arts ....................................................................................... 30 Vocal Music ..................................................................................... 32 World Languages............................................................................. 33 French .................................................................................... 33 German .................................................................................. 34 Latin ....................................................................................... 35 Spanish .................................................................................. 36 Other Electives ................................................................................ 37 Dual Enrollment ............................................................................... 38
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Central Magnet School 2012-2013 Regular Diploma All students will meet the following core curriculum requirements for graduation:
Core Curriculum English ………………………………………………………………….. Mathematics …………………………………………………………… Science …………………………………………………………………. Social Studies …………………………………………………………. Wellness ………………………………………………………………… Physical Education ………………………………………………….. Foreign Language (Same Language) …………………………….. Fine Arts ………………………………………………………………… Personal Finance …………………………………………………….. Elective Focus ………………………………………………………… Additional Elective ………………………………………………………
4 Credits 4 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 1 Credit 0.5 Credit 2 Credits 1 Credit 0.5 Credit 3 Credits 1 Credit
Total required for graduation is 23 credits
Rutherford County Valedictorian Requirements 4.0 Grade Point Average 12 Honors or Above Courses Graduate with Honors or Distinction HONORS DIPLOMA An Honors Seal may be placed on the diploma for students who complete requirements for either the College or the Technical curriculum, provided they maintain at least a 3.0 academic average ACADEMIC DIPLOMA To receive Academic Seal, a student must complete the requirements for the State Diploma with Honors with no semester grade lower than a C and an overall average of 3.5. Students must enroll in a minimum of two Honors or Advanced Placement classes each school year.
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL DIPLOMA To receive a Central Magnet School Diploma, a student must complete the requirements for the State Diploma with an Academic Seal. The student must also enroll in at least 4 Advanced Placement Classes, complete all community service, and complete the studentâ€™s senior thesis.
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES PRINCIPLES OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: 1 Credit Course # 5560H Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedbacks systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS: 1 Credit Course # 5561H Prerequisite: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences Students engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems are studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS: 1 Credit Course #TBA Prerequisite: Human Body Systems Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a â€œHow-Toâ€? manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions are showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY HONORS ACCOUNTING I: 1 Credit Course #3779H Accounting I introduces concepts and principles based on a double-entry system of maintaining the financial records of a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporations. It includes analyzing business transactions, journalizing, posting, and preparing worksheets and financial statements. HONORS ACCOUNTING II: 1 Credit Course #3780H Prerequisite: Accounting I Accounting II is an advanced study of concepts, principles, and techniques used in keeping the financial records of a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Departmental, management, cost, and not-for-profit accounting systems are explored. Students will be required to do outside reading from accounting journals, AICPA, and the CPA letter. Accounting simulations will provide hands-on, real-world experience in accounting practices. COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: 1 Credit Course #3730 This course is designed to develop computer technology skills that all students will need for college and life. Students will use a variety of computer software and hardware tools and features of an electronic information network. Students will explore the social, business, and ethical issues of using computer technology. They will develop skills that will assist them with efficient production of word processing (Word) documents, spreadsheets (Excel), databases (Access), and presentations (PowerPoint). DOCUMENT FORMATTING: 1/2 Credit Course #3775 The student will apply basic skills in operating a computerized keyboard by using the touch system and other input technologies to produce mailable business and academic documents. Mailability standards relate to keying, formatting, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, content, typography and layout and design. HONORS PERSONAL FINANCE: 1/2 Credit Course #3766H Grades 10-12 Personal Finance is a course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing.
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY JAVA: 1 Credit Course #3637 JAVA computer programming is a one-year course designed to enable students to develop skills in writing computer programs in the JAVA language. Topics will include algorithmic solutions of mathematical problems, software development, top-down program design, object-oriented programming, web page design, JAVA classes, objects and methods, JAVA syntax, primitive data types, strings loops, arrays, searching and sorting. PYTHON: 1 Credit Course # TBA This course is designed to develop programming skills using the object-oriented language Python. The students will edit, write, debug, and successfully run computer programs using Python. The students will also study the history of and ethical issues within the programming industry. AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A: 1 Credit Course #TBA Prerequisite: Java The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods. In addition, the responsible use of these systems is an integral part of the course.
DRIVER EDUCATION DRIVER EDUCATION: 1/2 Credit Course #3321 This is a ½ credit course offered each semester. It covers the basic procedures for the safe operation of an automobile with 30 hours classroom instructions and 6 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving. The primary objective is to make the student a safe driver with an understanding of the present problems on the highway and an appreciation of the laws governing our drivers and highways. Effective July 1, 2001 all students who are 15, 16, or 17 years of age must complete the Tennessee “Graduated Driver License” process before they may apply for a “Regular Class D License. It is not necessary to have a “Permit” to enroll in Driver Education, but the student “MUST” be 15 years of age.
ENGINEERING HONORS INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN: 1 Credit Course #5793H Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineerâ€™s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. HONORS PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING: 1 Credit Course #5791H Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts theyâ€™ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions. HONORS AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: 1 Credit Course #5796H Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals. This course is designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students.
ENGLISH â€“ LANGUAGE ARTS ADVANCED HONORS ENGLISH I: 1 Credit Course #3001A This course is part of the sequential program leading to the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class taken during the senior year. Focus is on developing higher-level thinking skills through accelerated composition, in-depth reading, and analysis of literature. Students should have a mastery of grammar and mechanics, possess an aptitude for reading and writing, and realize that success depends on extensive preparation time and accelerated class work. This course requires one summer reading selection, which must be completed before entering class. HONORS ENGLISH I: 1 Credit Course #3001H This course offers language skills, which improve and promote the studentâ€™s reading and writing abilities. Emphasis is placed on advanced skills to increase grammar efficiency, vocabulary and spelling skills, to motivate students to read, to discuss and analyze literature, and to introduce students to research methods. In addition, students are taught effective study skills to facilitate learning across the curriculum. Included are mechanics in grammar, an introduction to research methods, literary genres, accelerated vocabulary units, writing experiences, and a parallel reading program, which emphasizes works of literary merit. ADVANCED HONORS ENGLISH II: 1 Credit Course #3002A Prerequisite: Advanced Honors English I This course is part of the sequential program leading to the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class taken during the senior year and is designed for students in an academic program who intend to go to college. In addition to the honors curriculum, this course requires a greater depth of analysis and accelerated reading. Students who choose this course should realize that it requires extensive work in reading, literary analysis, and composition. Likewise, it is considered a preparatory course for eleventh grade AP English. HONORS ENGLISH II: 1 Credit Course #3002H Prerequisite: Honors English I Designed to prepare students for college and includes a review and continuation of grammar fundamentals, introduction to paragraph writing, and a study of representative work literature. Besides varied selections of poems, short stories, and non-fiction, the course also includes the study of a novel and a Shakespearean play. In addition, students will continue to develop research skills. Outside reading each six weeks may be required; summer reading is optional for extra credit and must be completed before entering the class. 11
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: 1 Credit Course #3013AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors English II Advanced English III offers the accelerated student the challenge of analyzing works of literary merit written by American authors and responding to the works in compositions. Students may take the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam for college credit. Summer reading is required. HONORS ENGLISH III: 1 Credit Course #3003H Prerequisite: Honors English II Literature study consists of a chronological survey of American literature. A continuing study of grammar emphasizes the mastery of sentence structure, mechanics, and vocabulary. Composition assignments include the writing of paragraphs, a research essay, and book reports culminating in the Tennessee Writing Assessment in February and the writing of a research paper in the spring semester. Students study representative works of significant American authors and their relationship to specific periods in the United States history. In addition to the chronological survey of American literature, this course will emphasize an in-depth analytical study of works of literary merit. Commensurate analytical essays, an accelerated vocabulary program, and independent study will be utilized. A research paper is required, and the Tennessee Writing Assessment will be given in February. AP ENGLISH IV â€“ LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: 1 Credit Course #3014AP Prerequisite: Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Advanced Placement English focuses on critical analysis of literature through writing assignments. Students are encouraged to develop critical standards for independent appreciation of literary works and sensitivity to literature as a shared experience much like the college experience. Works of literary merit are read during the year, followed by analytical writing and discussion. Students also study accelerated vocabulary and write a research paper on a major literary work. Students have the option of taking the nationwide Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in order to receive college credit for the course. Additional works of literary merit are required for summer reading and must be completed before entering the class.
Honors English IV: 1 Credit Credit: 1 Course # 3005H Prerequisite: Honors English III The English IV Honors course offers the accelerated student the opportunity to focus on reading works of literary merit by British writers and to refine composition and analytical skills. Composition consists of personal essays, argumentative essays, and analytical essays, Accelerated vocabulary study and research methods are a vital part of the course. Additional works of literary merit are required for summer reading. JOURNALISM: 1 Credit Course #3008J Journalism studies the types of production of traditional and electronic printed and photo journalism and enables the students to learn writing and visual communication skills, providing them with career skills in many fields. The class will publish the school newspaper. Yearbook: 1 Credit Course #3008Y Yearbook is a two-semester, elective course that requires students to plan, develop, market, publish, and distribute the school yearbook. Students, with the help of the yearbook advisor, participate in all aspects of yearbook development and publication. This course also provides the opportunity to develop diverse journalistic, technology, business, and life skills like working with advanced technology, strengthening analytical and problem-solving skills, improving communication skills, and managing responsibility. Students will learn to use InDesign, Photoshop, and Yearbook Avenue online to produce and publish the school yearbook CREATIVE WRITING: 1/2 Credit Course #3012 Creative Writing is a course in which students study, analyze, and create literary composition in a variety of genres, and publish their work. HONORS ETYMOLOGY: 1/2 Credit Course #3099HE Students learn to derive meanings for words by analyzing the prefixes, suffixes, and roots which come from the Latin language. These skills will improve their performance on college-entrance tests such as the ACT and SAT. They will also learn the meanings of Latin and Greek words carried over into the English language, Latin phrases, and vocabulary derived from Greek mythology, literature, science, medicine, mathematics, et. al.
HONORS MYTHOLOGY: 1/2 Credit Course #3099H Students study the myths of Greek and Roman legend, which will provide them an understanding of allusions made to myths in literature, art, music, psychology, medicine, and advertising. This course will be especially helpful to the collegebound student who has not taken a Latin course. HONORS MODERN LITERATURE – ½ Credit Course # TBA This course is a one semester, college preparation course that overviews 20th and 21st centuries’ literary works and their creators. Learning experiences focus upon all genres of literature including the feature film as a literary expression. SPEECH: 1/2 Credit Course #3015 This course prepares the student to be a more effective communicator. Students will prepare ideas in an organized format, learn to speak clearly with poise, and learn critical listening skills.
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION Â˝ Credit (Grade 10) Course #3301 WELLNESS: 1 Credit (Grade 9) Course #3303 HEALTH-RELATED Lifetime wellness is a required course containing the following modules: nutrition, personal fitness and related skills, mental health, disease prevention and control, sexuality and family life, chemical education, and safety and first aid. PHYSICAL-RELATED Half of the year is spent in the gym learning the basic knowledge and skills of activities, which have carry-over values in life, which will enhance good health and well-being. Such activities include: wrestling, safety and self-defense, line dancing, jump rope, swimming, basketball, bench training, weight training, volleyball, badminton, pickle ball, canoeing, soccer, softball, flag football, track and field, Frisbee, golf, and overall conditioning. It is a requirement to dress out and participate in all activities. Also, you will be required to write a paper at the end of the semester.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC HONORS MUSIC THEORY: 1 Credit Course #3514H Grades 9-12 This course is designed as an introduction into the areas of: melody writing, melodic form and analysis, composition, ear-training, harmony, part-writing, arranging for voice and instruments, and beginning orchestration. Class is taught through keyboard and computer experiences. This is a recommended course for students who wish to commence learning a musical instrument, but are not eligible for instrumental performance classes due to inexperience. AP MUSIC THEORY: 1 Credit Course #3535AP Grades 9-12 Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Music Theory or 2 years in an instrumental music class. This course is an advanced study into the areas of: melody writing, melodic form and analysis, composition, ear-training, harmony, part-writing, arranging for voice and instruments, and orchestration. Class is taught through keyboard and computer experiences. This is a recommended course for students who wish to pursue music as a career and plan to either major or minor in music at the university level. This course covers the entire first year collegiate curriculum for music theory. College credit is available by successful completion of the AP test. JAZZ BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE: 1 Credit Course #3530J Grades 8-12 Prerequisite: By Audition Only. This instrumental performance course focuses on advanced techniques, music theory, and performance skills needed for playing in an advanced instrumental ensemble. Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band are the premiere performance ensembles at CMS, and students involved in both ensembles will cooperatively follow both the Jazz and Wind Ensemble curricula. Students only involved in Wind Ensemble will follow only that curriculum. Students will prepare for school, community, and festival performances. Private lessons and after-school tutoring are offered.
CONCERT BAND: 1 Credit Course #3530C Grades 8-12 Prerequisite: At least 2 years of previous band experience on an instrument required. This instrumental performance course focuses on progressing techniques, music theory, and performance skills needed for playing in an instrumental ensemble. Curriculum bridges the intermediate to advanced level and students are encouraged to audition for Mid-State and other Honor Band festivals. Students will prepare for school, community, and festival performances. Private lessons and after-school tutoring are offered. Primarily designed for advanced middle school band students, this class will also be open to high school students who are in need of supplementary remediation in preparation of entering the Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band. PERCUSSION: 1 Credit Course #3530P Grades 7-12 Prerequisite: Previous band experience on a percussion instrument required. This instrumental performance course is designed for percussion instrumentalists in the CMS Band. Advanced playing techniques covering the myriad of instruments within the percussion family will be explored. This class forms the basis for all percussion ensembles and drum lines for use in combination with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Intermediate Band at CMS. This will be the required class for CMS Band percussionists, in lieu of a full band class. Private lessons and after-school tutoring are offered. SYMPHONIC BAND: 1 Credit Course #3530S Grades 9-12 Prerequisite: At least 3 years of previous band experience on an instrument required. This instrumental performance course focuses on progressing techniques, music theory, and performance skills needed for playing in an instrumental ensemble. Curriculum bridges the intermediate to advanced level and students are encouraged to audition for Mid-State and other Honor Band festivals. Students will prepare for school, community, and festival performances. Private lessons and after-school tutoring are offered. High school students not selected for the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band will receive the individual and group enrichment to compete for placement in the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band.
BEGINNING PIANO: 1 Credit Course #3540 This course is designed for students with limited experience with piano or music. Emphasis will be on beginning piano skills, basic music reading skills, and solo/ensemble playing. ADVANCED PIANO: 1 Credit Course #3541 Prerequisite: Instructor approval required to enroll. This course is open to students who are experienced with the piano. Focus will be on developing technique, theory, sight-reading and accompanying. Students may be asked to play for other school ensembles. Students will be encouraged to participate in solo/ensemble. INTERMEDIATE STRINGS I: 1 Credit Course #3530ISI Grades 7-9 Prerequisite: 1 year of strings instruction. Audition or instructor approval required to enroll. This course is open to students who have some experience with stringed instruments. Students are encouraged to participate in lessons and mid-state auditions. Occasional after-school rehearsals are scheduled for performance preparation. STRING SINFONIA II: 1 Credit Course #3530ISII Grades 8-12 Prerequisite: 2-3 years of strings instruction. Audition or instructor approval required to enroll. This course is open to students who are experienced with stringed instruments. Students are encouraged to participate in lessons and mid-state auditions. Occasional after-school rehearsals are scheduled for performance preparation. ADVANCED STRINGS: 1 Credit Course #3530AS Grades 8-12 Prerequisite: Minimum of 3 years of instruction. Audition or instructor approval required to enroll. This course is designed for students who have mastered the fundamentals and are capable of performing more difficult literature. A variety of orchestral literature, written at appropriate performance grade level, will be practiced, rehearsed, and performed. In addition to performing, students will develop the ability to understand, appreciate, perceive, create, and respond to music through balanced instruction that includes studying works from historical, aesthetic, and critical perspectives.
MATHEMATICS ADVANCED HONORS ALGEBRA I: 1 Credit Course # 3102A More depth and faster pace is expected for this class. The student must be selfmotivated and capable of independent or group work. The student is expected to be assigned problems with a minimum of guidance from the teacher. HONORS ALGEBRA I: 1 Credit Course #3102H This course includes operations of Polynomials, applications of exponents including negative and zero, application of radicals, solving a variety of equations including absolute value, radicals, etc., solving, graphing, and applying inequalities, relations, linear functions, absolute value functions, systems of linear functions, Law of Large Numbers, permutations, combinations, algebraic rational expressions, and quadratic functions. The teaching strategies include technology, hands-on, cooperative learning, and application. Some Geometry and Algebra II concepts are covered. ADVANCED HONORS GEOMETRY: 1 Credit Course #3108A Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Algebra I or Middle School Algebra I More depth and faster pace is expected for this class. The student must be selfmotivated and capable of independent or group work. The student is expected to be assigned problems with a minimum of guidance from the teacher. HONORS GEOMETRY: 1 Credit Course #3108H Prerequisite: Honors Algebra I This course will review algebra skills as new concepts in geometry are taught. It includes topics such as coordinate geometry, transformations, points, lines, and planes, triangles, polygons, circles, and three dimensional figures. Some Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus topics are included.
ADVANCED HONORS ALGEBRA II: 1 Credit Course #3103A Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Geometry or Middle School Geometry The student must be self-motivated and capable of independent or group work. The student is expected to be assigned problems with a minimum of guidance. Advanced Honors Algebra II is a continuation of the advanced placement mathematics program. The scope, depth, and pace will be more intense than Honors Algebra II and will require much independent study. Those choosing to double-up with Geometry must seek their Algebra I teacherâ€™s signature. HONORS ALGEBRA II: 1 Credit Course #3103H Prerequisite: Honors Geometry Algebra II will provide an understanding of language, notion, application of algebraic skills and the use of real and complex number systems. Topics include algebraic relations and functions, exponents, radicals, polynomial functions, quadratic relations, systems of equations, higher order degree polynomials, trigonometric functions and identities, as well as probability and statistics. This course is designed for those students planning to take Honors Pre-Calculus. ADVANCED HONORS PRE-CALCULUS: 1 Credit Course #3126A Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Algebra II This course will include a broader scope of topics than the Honors-Pre-Calculus course previously described. Students will be challenged with individual and group projects, research, and other activities. This course is designed for juniors who plan to take AP Calculus their senior year. HONORS PRE-CALCULUS: 1 Credit Course #3126H Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II This course is designed for those who seek a four-year college education with a technical major such as business, science, or mathematics. In-depth study of trigonometry as well as the study of the applications, interrelationships and terminology of mathematics will be the major emphasis in this course. It develops an understanding of polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions, sequences, series, limits, and composition and inverse functions. Vectors, polar coordinates and complex numbers are also studied.
AP AB CALCULUS: 1 Credit Course #3127AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Pre-Calculus This is a college-level learning experience, and is a continuation of the Advanced Honors Program. The scope, depth, and the pace of this class are intensive. Students who successfully complete AP Calculus are encouraged to take the AP exam in May for possible college credit. AP BC CALCULUS: 1 Credit Course #3128AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Pre-Calculus The topical outline for Calculus BC includes all Calculus AB topics plus additional areas. All topics are recommended by the College Board. Students have the option of taking the AP exam administered by the College Board. AP STATISTICS: 1 Credit Course #3129AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Algebra II Statistics is one of the most widely used types of mathematics in the professional world. Thus, this course is appropriate for any student preparing to exit high school, and will provide a solid foundation for future study. Furthermore, the course will cover all topics included in a college-level statistics class. The emphasis of this course will be done through investigation of meaningful problems individually or in cooperative groups, while using appropriate technology. Topics include representing and describing various data and distributions, designing and evaluating statistical studies, and working with random variables and probability. Students who complete this course will be encouraged to take the AP exam in May for possible college credit.
SCIENCE ADVANCED HONORS BIOLOGY I: 1 Credit Course #3210AH Advanced Honors Biology I is a one-credit, two semester course designed for students who intend to major in a science related field or show strong interest in the subject. This course covers the same material as Honors Biology I at a faster pace and with more depth. The students who successfully complete this course will have the foundation necessary for success in Advanced Placement Biology. HONORS BIOLOGY I: 1 Credit Course #3210H Biology I Honors is a course that introduces students to the world of living things. Using the inquiry approach, students will investigate basic life processes, interdependence and interactions, genetics, diversity of organisms, and other biological themes. This course builds on ethical decision-making. The student will be expected to demonstrate high skills in reading, writing and the ability to operate independently and as a group member, both in regular classroom operations and special assignments. Students will be expected to operate in a technology and laboratory rich environment. AP BIOLOGY : 1 Credit (Grades 10-12) Course #3217AP Prerequisites: Biology I and Chemistry I Advanced Placement Biology is a college-level course for highly motivated students with a high aptitude for science. The course allows the student to investigate specialty areas of biology. The College Board AP program provides the curriculum and course description. Studies will include molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. Students will be prepared to take the Advance Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course. ADVANCED HONORS CHEMISTRY I: 1 Credit Course #3221AH Advanced Honors Chemistry I is a one-credit, two semester course designed for students who intend to major in a science related field or show strong interest in the subject. This course covers the same material as Honors Chemistry I at a faster pace and with more depth. The students who successfully complete this course will have the foundation necessary for success in Advanced Placement Chemistry.
HONORS CHEMISTRY I: 1 Credit Course #3221H Honors Chemistry is a one-credit, two-semester course. This laboratory course will make chemical concepts understandable and demonstrates the importance of chemistry in everyday applications. Students will learn scientific thinking skills for real-life problem solving. AP CHEMISTRY: 1 Credit Course #3225AP Prerequisites: 90% or higher in Chemistry I and Algebra II Advanced Placement Chemistry is based upon the College Boardâ€™s curriculum and is the equivalent of a first year college chemistry course. The second year chemistry class will utilize the first year chemistry course content as a foundation for discussion of these following complex topics: chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, materials science, buffer systems, coordination complexes, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. HONORS PHYSICS: 1 Credit Course #3231H Prerequisite: Geometry Honors Physics is a one-credit, two semester course designed for the student who intends to seek entrance into a college or university. Primary emphasis is placed on the theory and concepts of mechanics, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism through the use of classroom and laboratory experiences. AP PHYSICS B: 1 Credit Course #3233AP B Prerequisites: 90% or higher in Geometry and Algebra II AP Physics is a college-level course designed to introduce students to physical laws and principles. Primary emphasis is placed on the theory and concepts of mechanics, heat, light, electricity, and magnetism through the use of classroom and laboratory experiences. This survey course is for high achieving and selfmotivated students. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course.
AP PHYSICS C: 1 Credit Course #3234AP C Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in Calculus and have previously completed Physics The AP Physics C course ordinarily forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulation of physical principles and in applying them to a physical problem. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems. The subject matter of the C course is principally mechanics, and electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course.
SOCIAL STUDIES HONORS ANCIENT HISTORY: 1 Credit Course #3402H Grades 9-12 Honors Ancient History is an in-depth survey of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations of the world. The cultural developments, religious, philosophies and inventions will be stressed along with analysis of their contributions to future civilizations. AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: 1 Credit Course #3450AP Grades 9-12 The aim of this AP course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory human geography courses. The specific purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of earthâ€™s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. The student has the option of taking the AP Exam given by the College Board in May. AP EUROPEAN HISTORY: 1 Credit Course # 3441AP Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Instructor approval required to enroll. This course is designed to provide students with basic analytical skills necessary to develop rational, high cognitive skills. These skills are applied to the principal European historic, economic, social, geographic, and political themes. Students have the option of taking the nationwide Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board. AP PSYCHOLOGY: 1 Credit Course #3447AP Grades 10-12 The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.
AP WORLD HISTORY: 1 Credit Course #3449AP Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Instructor approval required to enroll. This course is designed for the accelerated student who wishes to place greater emphasis upon historical analysis, writing, research, and documentary study. Students have the option of taking the nationwide Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board. Honors Contemporary Issues: 1 Credit Course #3435H Grades 11-12 This course is designed to help students develop a wide range of skills as they study contemporary issues. Students study various dynamic issues in the governmental, political, economic, and geographical areas facing todayâ€™s society. The analysis enables students to discover their values and responsibilities as citizens in society. Students will utilize different learning methods to research, discuss, debate and formulate opinions on those contemporary issues. AP U. S. HISTORY: 1 Credit Course #3440AP Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: Instructor approval required to enroll. This course is designed to be a college-level approach to the study of history. The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and material in U. S. History. Admission to the course is supervised by Guidance with consideration being given to such credentials as high aptitude scores and/or outstanding grade records. Students who complete the AP course are encouraged to take the College Board AP exam in the spring. HONORS U.S. HISTORY: 1 Credit Course #3405H Grades 11-12 This course is designed for the accelerated student. It begins with an overview of U.S. History from colonization through the Civil War. Primary emphasis is on the Reconstruction Period through the Modern Era. Students will utilize different methods that historians use to interpret the past including points of view and historical context.
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO GIS: 1/2 Credit Course #TBA Grades 9-12 This course teaches the fundamental concepts and basic functions of a GIS, the properties of GIS maps, and the structure of a GIS database. In course exercises, students will develop basic software skills by working with ArcGIS Desktop tools to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, and analyze data using common analysis tools. HONORS PSYCHOLOGY: 1/2 Credit Course #3433H Grades 10-12 Students will study the development of the individual personality. The six social studies standards of culture, economics, geography, government, history, and group dynamics will be integrated to study the science of human behavior. HONORS SOCIOLOGY: 1/2 Credit Course #3432H Grades 10-12 Sociology is the study of social groups and their behavior. This will include the study of shifts in population, delinquency and crime, marriage and family, and other aspects of our culture. The emphasis of this subject is placed on social groups instead of the individual. AP MICROECONOMICS: 1/2 Credit Course #3443AP Grade 12 As the name implies, AP Microeconomics will focus on economic decisionmaking on a smaller scale. It studies principles of economics that apply to the individual decision makers, both producers and consumers, within the economic system. It will also analyze the nature and function of product (goods) and factor (resources) markets and the role of government in promoting efficiency and equity in the economy. AP MACROECONOMICS: 1/2 Credit Course #3444AP Grade 12 AP Macroeconomics studies the principles of economics on a large scale by analyzing an entire countryâ€™s economy or an entire sector of an economy, such as all producers or all consumers. The course places particular emphasis on studying national income measures such as GDP and the price-level (inflation or deflation). It also examines the different theories on how the government or the banking system can correct a countryâ€™s economy through fiscal and monetary policy. International economic topics such as free trade will also be studied.
AP U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: 1/2 Credit Course #3445AP Grade 12 AP US Government examines the institutions of government and the political processes by which we participate in our government. Students will be required to analyze data from charts and graphs, apply political theory to current events, and synthesize information from various units of study. AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT: 1/2 Credit Course #3446AP Grade 12 AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Six countries will be studied in depth-China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Topics and themes in the course include the sources of public authority and political power around the world, the comparative study of the relationship between citizens and state including individual participation, political and institutional frameworks, political change over time, and an examination of comparative political theory.
THEATRE ARTS THEATRE ARTS I: 1 Credit Course #3520 This course introduces students to various facets of the theatre including acting, technical aspects of theatre, makeup, scenery design, dance, and costumes. Performance is an important aspect of Theatre I. THEATRE ARTS II â€“ Advanced Acting: 1 Credit Course #3521 Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I This course is designed for the student that exhibits an interest in theatre. Students will focus on acting, directing, and the study of methods for developing a character for performance. The course includes scene work and improvisation. THEATRE ARTS III â€“ Technical Theatre: 1 Credit Course #3522 Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I This technical theatre class will be a semester of directing and a semester of hands on technical theatre. During the directing portion of the class students will learn the basics in directing. Students complete a production of their own in which they will hold auditions, cast and direct a ten minute play. Second semester will be focused on different elements of theatrical design including, make-up, costume, set, lighting and sound. Students will be involved in the design and construction of the Theatre I and II design elements.
VISUAL ARTS VISUAL ART I: 1 Credit Course #3501 This is a foundation course designed to introduce students to the visual arts. The elements and principals of art will be used to provide a broad variety of experiences in drawing, design, paintings, print-making, sculpture, critical thinking exercises, and art history. VISUAL ART II –Drawing/Painting: 1 Credit Course #3502D Prerequisite: Visual Arts I This elective course is a continuation of study for students who have satisfactorily completed Visual Art I and see art as an interesting and challenging subject. There is a continuing focus on art elements with an emphasis on higher level drawing and painting techniques. Components of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics are also incorporated. VISUAL ART III –Drawing/Painting: 1 Credit Course #3503D Prerequisite: Theatre Arts II – Drawing/Painting This course is a continuation of Visual Arts II - Drawing/Painting with an emphasis of students working more independently. VISUAL ART IV - Drawing/Painting: 1 Credit Course # 3504 Prerequisite: Visual Arts I, II, III Students enrolled per approval of the instructor This elective course is a continuation of study for students who have satisfactorily completed Visual Art I, II, and III and are self motivated and wish to be challenged to create mature art pieces. There is a continuing focus on art elements and principles and higher level drawing and painting techniques are expected. Components of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics are also incorporated. Student will work more independently toward a portfolio similar to AP Studio.
AP STUDIO ART – DRAWING PORTFOLIO: 1 Credit Course # 3533AP Prerequisite: Visual Arts I, II, III Students enrolled per approval of the instructor AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. In this class students are required to complete a quality portfolio of a variety of media and subject matter. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses.
VOCAL MUSIC MIXED CHORUS: 1 Credit Course #3531 The Central Magnet Chorus is open to any student who enjoys singing. No previous choral experience is required. Emphasis is placed on developing music reading skills, producing quality vocal tone, and singing as an ensemble. The literature includes sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the present. The Central Magnet Chorus gives at least two performances per year. VOCAL MUSIC (Women’s Chorale): 1 Credit Course #3531W Prerequisite: Auditioned ensemble with Instructor approval required to enroll. The Women’s Chorale is a more advanced select choir open to all girls in all grades. The student must have previous choral training or secure the permission of the teacher. The student should have basic to moderate music reading skills. The Women’s Chorale will sing music written especially for the treble voices. Several performances will be required throughout the year, as well as participation in local (and possible regional) adjudicated festivals (overnight). Occasional after-school rehearsals may be scheduled for performance preparation. One-half credit is given for each semester in Women’s Chorale.
WORLD LANGUAGES HONORS FRENCH I: 1 Credit Course #3041H French I is an introduction to the language and culture of the French people. This courseâ€™s primary foci are oral and reading comprehension. This is a very interactive class that involves storytelling, questioning and answering, reading/translation, and reading comprehension. Although instruction is given solely in English, much of the classes are spent in comprehensible, simple French. There will also be songs, games, and other activities to aid in the acquisition of French. At the end of the year, students should achieve fluency with the vocabulary that we have covered. This course will include lessons on the geography of France, much about the culture of the French people, and a survey of French authors. HONORS FRENCH II: 1 Credit Course #3042H Prerequisite: Honors French I French II is a continuation of French I. Students will expand on their acquisition of the French language structures introduced in French I. Like French I, this is an interactive class that involves storytelling, questioning and answering, reading/translation, and reading comprehension. Although instruction is given solely in English, much of the classes are spent in comprehensible French. There will still be songs, games, and other activities to aid in the acquisition of French. At the end of the year, students should achieve fluency with the vocabulary that we have covered. This course will include lessons on French authors, artists, and politicians as well as information about the history of France. ADVANCED HONORS FRENCH III: 1 Credit Course #3043A Prerequisite: Honors French II The focus of French III will be on speaking. Students will continue progression in the French language by engaging in creative, interactive activities including skits, storytelling, and other projects. The class will also include reading comprehension, translation, and writing in French. Students will read French literature, including poems, songs, and short stories and comment on them in French.
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE: 1 Credit Course #3045AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors French III This course reviews and expands course work from the first three years. The emphasis of this course will be to prepare for the AP French Language Examination. The content of this course will be dictated by the College Board â€œacorn bookâ€? on AP French. HONORS GERMAN I: 1 Credit Course #3051H Students will develop basic skills for communicating in German: Listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The focus will be on vocabulary acquisition and learning the basics of German grammar and sentence structure. Among other things pictures, role playing, word activities, and videos are used to develop this focus. Students are also introduced to the culture of the German-speaking countries. HONORS GERMAN II: 1 Credit Course #3052H Prerequisite: Honors German I This level continues the skill development begun in German I. Vocabulary and grammar are expanded so that students can further develop their conversational and reading skills. Students continue to gain knowledge and understanding of the German culture as well as the geography of the German-speaking countries. Many of the same instructional methods will be employed with one or two writing projects being incorporated. ADVANCED HONORS GERMAN III: 1 Credit Course #3053A Prerequisite: Honors German II In German III students increase their reading and writing skills while continuing to improve their speaking and listening skills. Knowledge of German grammar is honed and vocabulary acquisition continued. Students learn to exchange information in German with accuracy and within an authentic cultural context. At this level, students are expected to commit to primarily communicating through German within the classroom. The Honors level of German III is also intended to prepare students for success in AP and/ or college level German. German III students will be expected to read a book in German over the summer preceding German III Advanced Honors.
AP GERMAN LANGUAGE: 1 Credit Course #3055AP The purpose of this course is to hone listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in preparation for the AP exam. The content will include a thorough review of grammar in addition to more advanced language structures, with strong emphasis on conversational and reading skills. Reading selections will be varied and taped listening activities will be used to enhance pronunciation and listening skills. Students will be given varied texts and other materials with which to work in class, but will also be expected to work through some AP prep materials from the College Board over the summer preceding AP German IV. HONORS LATIN I: 1 Credit Course #3031H Students are introduced to the classical world through the study of Latin vocabulary, grammar, and translation, as well as Roman history, culture, and mythology. Students in this course will benefit from an increased understanding of English composition and derivatives. HONORS LATIN II: 1 Credit Course #3032H Prerequisite: Honors Latin I Latin II enhances the skills learned in Latin I. There is continued emphasis on Roman culture, mythology, and history. Students begin translating Latin literature in the second semester. ADVANCED HONORS LATIN III: 1 Credit Course #3033A Prerequisite: Honors Latin II The third year student is immersed in selected works of classical authors with an emphasis on the Golden Age of Roman literature. AP LATIN - Vergil: 1 Credit Course #3035AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Latin III AP Latin course revisions promote reading Latin poetry and prose with historical and literary sensitivity. Students are encouraged to develop linguistic skills by engaging in multiple activities, including translating poetry and prose from the required-reading list, precisely and literally; reading passages of poetry and prose with comprehension; and analyzing literary texts in clear, coherent written arguments, supported by textual examples. AP Latin is roughly equivalent to an upper-intermediate college or university course ( AP College Board). The focus of the course includes passages from Caesar and Vergil as well as other authors that are to be sight read during the actual AP test.
HONORS SPANISH I: 1 Credit Course #3021H This course consists of an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. The exercises are designed to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish. Proficiency in the language is developed through a variety of methods including songs, games, speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. HONORS SPANISH II: 1 Credit Course #3022H Prerequisite: Honors Spanish I This course consists of additional Spanish grammar and developing proficiency in the basic skills. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation and reading comprehension. The cultural materials are presented in an effort to close the communication gap between the English and Spanish-speaking people. ADVANCED HONORS SPANISH III: 1 Credit Course #3023A Prerequisite: Honors Spanish II This course consists of additional Spanish grammar and concentrates on developing proficiency in speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on conversation, creative writing, and Spanish literature. ADVANCED HONORS SPANISH IV: 1 Credit Course #3024A Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Spanish III Spanish IV further develops proficiency in writing, listening and speaking skills. Short stories and condensed novels are read and discussed in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on creative thinking and oral comprehension. AP SPANISH LANGUAGE: 1 Credit Course #3025AP Prerequisite: Advanced Honors Spanish III This course reviews and expands course work from the first three years. The emphasis of this course is to prepare for the AP Spanish Language Examination. This course is dictated by the AP College Board curriculum focusing on the three communicative modes: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational with focus on speaking and writing in the target language at an advanced level.
OTHER ELECTIVES ACT/SAT PREP: Â˝ Credit Course #9350 (9 weeks Math/9 weeks English) Students will complete activities which pertain to a review and progression of mathematics and English as they apply to the material. DIRECTED STUDY: 0 Credit Course #9605 Directed Studies provides an opportunity during the school day for students to complete assignments, make up work, get help from teachers, or work/read independently. Students are expected to work the entire period. Students do not receive a credit for this course.
DUAL ENROLLMENT *Dual Enrollment classes with MTSU. Students must be 11th or 12th Grade, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a minimum ACT composite of 22. ELEMENTARY CHINESE I: 1 Credit Course #3091 (MTSU – CHIN 1010 3 Credit Hours) Foundation course in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension of Chinese. INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: 1 Credit Course #TBA (MTSU – PHIL 1030 3 Credit Hours) Basic philosophical problems suggested by everyday experience integrated into a coherent philosophy of life through comparison with solutions offered by prominent philosophers. ALGEBRA-BASED COLLEGE PHYSICS I: 1 Credit Course #TBA (MTSU – PHYS 2010 & 2011 4 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: Algebra II as a pre- or co-requisite An inquiry-based treatment of the concepts traditionally covered in a firstsemester college physics course. Students will work collaboratively, engage in meaningful discourse, and participate in experimental investigations that model important concepts in physics. Students receive MTSU credit for PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2011 (4 credits).